Muiznieks '82 Named Human Rights Commissioner

Nils Muiznieks ’82 has been elected the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights. This is the Council’s top post and Muiznieks is only the third person to hold the position. Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe includes representatives from 47 countries and seeks to develop common democratic principles throughout Europe.

After graduating from Webb, Muiznieks received a degree in politics from Princeton University and earned a doctorate in the subject at UC Berkeley. In 1994, he repatriated to Latvia, the country of his family. From 1994-2002 he led the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies, and since 2005 he has been the director of the Advanced Social and Political Researcg Institute at the University of Latvia. His human rights work has also included training and monitoring missions in several countries.

In his letter of candidacy, Muiznieks outlined several areas of concern for the commissioner including “improving cooperation among European institutions; combating racism in and exploiting the human rights potential of social networking sites; and working to improve the human rights of vulnerable children.” To read more about Muiznieks, click here.

Congratulations to Nils on this important appointment!